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saturday, the president took the stuffing out of the national press corp. today they bit back. well they nibbled back any way. i'm michael shure. you're in "the war room." you. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] we're a hundred days into the president's second term and what better way for the d.c. press corp to celebrate than to ask the president why he's been such a miserable failure. >> mr. president you're a hundred days into your second term. the gun bill, you put everything into it to try to get it passed.
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obviously it didn't. congress has ignored your efforts to try to undo the sequester cuts. there was even a bill that you threatened to veto that had democrats voting yes. my question is do you have the juice to get through the rest of this congress. >> when you put it that way i might as well pack up and go home golly, it's a little, like mark twain said, rumors of my demise might an little exaggerated at this point. >> michael: there have been members of the press pushing that narrative. describing the president as a lame be dug. duck. one asked if the president was a dead sekada. the president is still working on items he promised to accomplish 100 days into his first term like closing
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guantanamo. back in 2009 the president's first executive order called for it to be cold, but congress deny detainees into the u.s. so the prison is still open, and it's been open 11 years making it the longest standing war prison in u.s. history. that's just unbelievable. today "the new york times" reports 100 of the 156 detainees are now on a hunger strike with indefinite detention. the president says he still plans to eventually close the prison. >> it is expensive. it is inefficient it hurts us in terms of our international standing, and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the beth interest of the american people. >> michael: he also took a shot at congress calling it
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dysfunctional. and if on could you the poster boy for dysfunctional government, senator lindsey graham lobs his attack at the president in a phone interview with fox news. >> thank god the consistent failure, this administration has not found anyone involved in the attack, and i don't think they have looked very hard at all. they've been trying to cover up what happened than they have trying to get to the bottom of it. >> michael: they should give that guy a contract, he has been singing that song for months, but today the president finally responded. >> no, mr. graham is not right on this issue although i'm sure generated some headlines. >> michael: well mr. pratt it did. >> joy: deed. and as mr. graham said any time you back the president it's good
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good. karl frisch, welcome back home inside "the war room"." >> good even, michael. >> michael: how is the president doing on his second term agenda? i feel almost silly asking that question. it's only 100 days and not historically a marker, but what do you think--how do you think it's gone? >> well, i guess the first 100 days are a honeymoon. that's what people keep saying. if this was a honeymoon it's obviously an arrangeed marriage because it was not pretty. congress would not cooperate and the idea that they would cooperate any further, i quite like what the president said in the press conference as if mockingly. you expect me to control the bad behavior of the republican congress. that's their responsibility. that's very true, and i wish the media would cover it more like that. >> michael: yes, that is a great point. that's the thing the republicans
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are such a mess--the leadership of the republican party can't control their own soldiers, but by the same token he is the president, and it is the proverbial bully pulpit. what do you hear. gitmo. is that i can dicktive of how far he has come from that idealistic candidate from 2008. i think he's still idealistic but he's realistic. that's one of the early failures of this administration, and i think they blinked too soon. five years ago four years ago we were talking about the mosque at ground zero, and obama wanting to bring terrorist into your own backyard. we under estimate the ability of a small group of radical republicans and their friends at fox news and conservative talk radio to really ratchet things
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up. i wish someone in the press would draw the parallel between president obama's inability to get congress to work on that issue, because he's right it makes better financial and security sense to close guantanamo, and to draw the parallel with immigration reform, and the trouble marco rubio is having getting republicans on board with the likes of fox news. >> michael: that's exactly right. the president spoke about the senate of where rubio serves and, quote, the habit of requiring 60 votes for even the most modest piece of legislation gumming up the works. that's what has happened. >> it's a full flection addiction at this point. i've been watching tweaking out on the senate floor for years now. every year they've been if the minority since they lost it
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in 2006, they have filibustered more than ever before. at this point every year we have announced it is the most filibuster senate it's no longer year. instead of trying to tackle record unemployment, record joblessness record under employment they see fit to try to break other records which are not helpful to the american people. >> they seem shameless about it, and they know that harry reid does not have the votes to go at it. bun of the president's big achievements was healthcare, but still a new poll out from the kaiser family foundation find 42% of americans are not sure about whether obama-care is even law, 7% think the supreme court overturned it, which i love, and 12% think that congress repealed it. this is particularly true of uninsured and low income americans. 60% do not know how obama-care
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will impact their lives. is this a messaging problem, a media problem or it doesn't matter what you tell the people, they're going to think the supreme court overturned it. >> well, even as george bush was at his lowers numbers 20% of the american people still ranked him as an excellent president. i would say it's a stupidity problem. 20% brief believe they found wmds in iraq. on the one hand you'll always believe whatever their political ideology dictates to them. on the other side of the equation you got people who are far more focused on work and to quote george w. bush since his library has just opened, and he probably got his own wall on the quote him are far more worried about putting food on their family than they are with reading the paper or following the news of the day. so i think once obama-care is
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fully functioning and fully implemented, the fact that it exists, and that the supreme court didn't strike it down, and that congress may have voted 30-some-odd times to get rid of it, it is the law of the land, and it will sink in. >> michael: sovereign means sovereign could quote the president. president obama talked about jason collins. the first nba player to come out of the closet. let's listen to the president. >> i had a chance to talk to him yesterday. he seems like a terrific young man, and yeah, i couldn't be prouder. one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we've seen in this country has been the recognition that lgbt deserves full equality.
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>> michael: karl, do you think the president's evolution on the situation made it easier for collins to come out this way? >> i think it made it easier for everybody. when the president says you're okay it goes a long way. it's been great to see so many people universally across the board praising collins for his courageous right wingers. oh, you you have a few right wingers say, oh, what are they going to do in the locker room showers. i think this is a remarker first step, and i think it's the only the first of many to come. i think we'll see nfl players in the next year, and perhaps more nba players once they realize there is nothing to fear, and it could actually help their careers. >> michael: and collins is a
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journeyman he has played with just about every team in the league, and they all showered and they're all save. >> i think gay players have more to worry about in the locker room than the street ones. >> michael: we'll get to that one next time. karl frisch, thank you as always for being here in "the war room." if you want to know why congress is so dysfunctional i want you to look no further than south carolina. last night was the first and only debate between democratic contender elizabeth colbert busch and former governor sanford. and boy was it a doozy. >> when we talk fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the tax payers it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose.
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[ applause and boos ] >> everybody i couldn't hear what she said. repeat it, i'm sorry. >> answer the question. >> what was the question. anyway, on the sequester? i'll go back to the sequester. >> michael: on the sequester? he couldn't hear the question? maybe he needs to channel ronald reagan and bring a helicopter when he doesn't want to answer a question. and voters are certainly getting an ear full. a new ad from the house majority pac is also hitting him on that issue. >> i used to be more mark sanford but not any more. he skipped town to be with his mistress on father's day.
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he wasted our taxpayer dollars on himself. i'm a republican, but mark sanford just doesn't share our values. >> michael: i don't know wasting taxpayer money being a family values hypocrite skipping out on responsibilities sounds like perfect republican values to me. anyway we'll be back with more. coming up, what does an election look like? when the voting is the last thing on the minds of the people. we'll check in with scott lehi from "the boston globe." we'll head down to north carolina where the civil rights activists from yesterday are being called off the bench to right some of today's wrongs. and an ad with teeth and one that doesn't pull any punches. when you're going up against the nra that's the type the hard ball you need to be playing. we'll talk guns in america right after this.
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headlines. real, gripping, current. documentaries... on current tv. "the war room" will continue to remind that you america has a gun crisis on its hands. the staggering number and faces of the victims tell us how big of a problem this is. in the 137 days since the killings at sandy hook elementary school at least 3734 americans have died as a result of gun violence. that's a rough estimate from slate magazine. that's also 144 newtowns since newtown. it's just astonishing. two weeks ago the senate voted down a proposal to extend background checks on new purchases. dale kelly ayotte had to answer to eric lafferty.
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>> you had mentioned that owners of guns background checks would solve. i'm won doctoring why my mother was gunned down in the halls of her elementary school, why is that not important. why is that not being support. >> the issue was not background systems. the issue at sandy hook is mental health. i hope it's one thing beck agree on and getting done. >> michael: thankfully erica is at the only one pressuring senators to make something help. they created this website. it packs a powerful message right on the home page. athletes teachers sacrifice their lives for the children they work for. and the next page, these
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senators voted against protecting the children they work for. it's a direct yet provocative message, and we're joined from new york by its creators, welcome inside "the war room." >> thanks we're glad to be her. >> john: meg, i want to ask you how did you come up with this idea? >> we were actually driving--we were driving back from new york city. we had a two-hour car ride, and we had gotten an e-mail from a friend who said how incredibly frustrated she was with the situation. she said what if we make buttons. >> more explicitly she wanted to make buttons of the faces of the senators and put the words child killer on top of them. this is a 70-year-old grandmother from berkeley. i love the spirit and intensity
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which she wanted to make buttons, but we know today buttons are not an effective tool. we took that, and we talked over the two-hour car ride, how do we translate a button that says child killer, that's a conversation stopper. we wouldn't get anywhere with that one. it's a problem with messaging. we see gun control and even basic common sense issues around like background checks as a messaging problem. and so we started there. we just went back and forth in the car for two hours by the time we arrived back at our studio we called a friend in san francisco who was a web developer, mark foo and by that evening we had mock ups. it took a few more days to get it right and we launched on monday. it was fast and furious and we used our fury, our fury at the
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senators who count do the basic of their jobs, that these teachers did sacrifice their lives. which really was an incredibly emotional story for us and everyone else in this country. >> michael: absolutely it was. and as of today you've had 7,000 unique visitors. meg, i want to ask you what is drawing people now to the website? >> it's amazing. it spread organ organically, and by the end of the day we had 30,000 hits, and for two people to create a website we're not affiliated with everyone. we have received no money for what we have done, and it's been picked up and passed hand to hand, from one person to another. twitter has played a large part in that. and you know, in addition to building a website to kind of tell this story we also wanted to create this platform that is
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a tool for digital activiticy, really. every single slide of the website is meant for you to click on and to tweet to the senators to call them or to write on their facebook page so that they hear what 90% of americans sound like. we're watching that on twitter and it's incredible to see the response. >> michael: no no, it's so encouraging that there is such a response. faun why do you focus on comparing the sandy hook teachers to u.s. senators, what is behind that. >> for us, in some ways it's a dramatic comparison, but these teachers were willing--they had a job and part of their job was to protect these children, and they were willing to sacrifice their lives sacrifice everything, which is so profounding moving. and these senators who are literally paid to protect the american people and work in and be
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the voice of their constituents for america and they couldn't. they don't work for america. they work for someone else. we believe the someone else is the nra and the gun industry, and their sole purpose is to sell guns. we truly believe that. it's a messaging problem because people of the nra don't understand that the nra doesn't work for joe blow with his hunting rifle down on main street. the nra works for the gun industry. we wanted to at least share that as a possibility to entertain for these people. we've gotten a great response from people who say i never thought of it that way wow. we want the to get that explicit message out. it's simple to go from a to b to c, and that's what we're trying to share with people. >> michael: that's clear on the website. the very last page of the
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website is #ask them why. are you getting any response that they're listening? >> kelly ayotte's numbers have dropped 15 points. we have not heard directly from the senators, but we know just from watching on twitter that people are going through every single slide on the website, and they're tweeting at every single senator. so whether they're responding, i don't think they're responding, but they're hearing what we're saying. >> that's what so important. i want to ask you faun. the gun victims are not just from sandy hook. you use the image of trayvon martin opposite john cornyn and why did you decide to extend this beyond new town? >> it was really important for us to have a conversation that was larger than just really unfortunate mass shootings meaning what's happening in
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chicago every single day what is happening in detroit what is happening in oakland, what is happening from gun violence, gun violence is bigger than just these mass shootings. we wanted to make sure that the conversation was expanded. these kids--these children would not have died if we had better gun control, full stop. >> michael: yes, and i think you're making that apparent with an exclamation point. i think it's great work you're doing. it's inspiring and hopefully you'll get the response that you want. you should go to their website and check it out. it's very moving and impactful. up next the run up to a senate election is a free-wheeling 24 hour a day melee in which candidates scrap for every last vote. but that's not the case in massachusetts this year. not for boston. we'll talk about that right after the break. (vo) she gets the comedians
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laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking?
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[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> michael: i love that music. i love it. on the campaign front it is election day in massachusetts. the polls close in about 90 minutes. they say primary voters are selecting who will square off for the senate seat now vacated by john kerry. the massachusetts marathon bombings change the tempo and entire campaign. here is the latest ad. >> my heart goes out to the victims of this unthinkable terrorist attack. i want to thank those whose actions saved lives and the police whose heroic efforts brought it all to an end. in the face of this tragedy our state offered a stunning example of the strength of the human spirit. >> michael: lynch had to cancel
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campaign stops after he came down in laryngitis. >> congressman markie was absolutely our partner and our champion. what he was able to accomplish was 100% screening on cargo. we need champions like that in congress, who are not concerned about the bottom line, but what's right for america. >> michael: suffolk university polled three towns finding markey has a comfortable lead. they cited wintery weather and the boston bombings to attributed to the low turnout today. i guess it's been a very busy week. >> thank you, thanks for having me. >> michael: yes, scott, when they talk about low turnout it helps the campaigns with the best get out the vote teams.
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who would have the edge between lynch and markey. >> from what i've seen being around the city today i think it's markey. i live in a city that should be a laboratory for that. white-collar, blue collar bright collar voters, you would think that lynch would have something going there and markey would have something going there. did not see much of anything for either candidate in my neighborhood maybe making me feel huh, a little anemic. and i went to south boston lynch's home base, and that did not look to be a welter of activity either. markey up in the polls by double digits and the feeling is that he's maybe tapped in a little bit better to the elizabeth warren turn out machine that will get the progressive suburbs
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out. i don't think lynch is getting what he needs, at least from boston to win this race. but honestly that's very preliminary, and it's just a guess based on anecdote tall evidence. >> michael: that's the feel you got from being out there. you mentioned south boston. there is a special election for the senate. could heavy turnout there be enough to push them over the top and how likely would that be? >> here's what i found really interesting. you see a lot of signs for the candidate, the south boston candidate for the special state senate seat, a lot of houses were signed. a lot of signs on decks. a lot of signs in window. you don't see anywhere near many lynch signs. if you're going with the south boston team and you're willing to put a sign out it would seem that you have the sign out. but i really didn't find that. i was surprised by how many more
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signs there were for the state senate candidate than the candidate running for the united states canadian. i think he'll get a reasonable vote, but i think the lynch campaign really thought they would be able to use labor particularly the trade unions, to drive a large turn out and small turn out election. they did not get the consolidated endorsement of the afl/cio here and i think that threw a monkey wrench into that plan. i think there are other areas where lynch doesn't have appeal, that are turning out moderately well. >> yes let's talk about the democrats, the national focus. michael sullivan said it was a mistake to read the accused bombers, dzhokhar tsarnaev his miranda rights last week.
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he should have been treated as an enemy combatant including interrogation and detention by our military officials only then would we be in a position to decide to weather to release him into the civilian court system. is there a race on who can be toughest on terrorism. >> i think on the republican side that is probably true. we've eached said various things showing they're as tough as the other. lynch has accused markey that has taken rotes that shows an unwillingness to be you as you have on terrorism as we should be. i have to say i don't think on either side that has had much of an effect. i haven't heard anyone say wow that's an issue for me, we shut have mirandaize him. people are reasonably sophisticated about the court system, and i don't think there is a huge feeling that he would
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be properly treated as an enemy combatcombatant. >> michael: is there a believe that the bombings could help the politics, do you think the attacks in some way are going to help the republican in terms of trying to seem tougher on terrorism during the general election? >> i honestly don't know. i just don't think--i think we're going to have a big investigation or overview of who knew what. did the fbi and c.i.a. respond the right way and that kind of thing, but i don't think there is a real sense here that this is something that really comes down to what senate candidate is tougher, and the positions there make a huge amount of difference. i don't expect that. i could be completely wrong but i don't think that will play a huge role in this election. >> michael: you know i want to
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ask a little before i let you go another anecdote tall question about the mood in boston. how is the mood in boston 15 days from the marathon. how have you seen it changed? >> i think it's resilient. we've had a beautiful couple of days. you go around the city. people are out walking around, going about their business. you know, they obviously this has been a have mournful and somewhat scary time, but bostonians are tough and they're resolved to not let it have a big effect on their daily lives and i think the city is bouncing back quite nicely. we've had memorial services and we've come together as a community. i think the community feels good about itself the way they've responded. >> michael: it's a sad yet exciting time to have your jobs at the boston globe, and we look forward to having you back
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before june 25th when the general election is held in massachusetts. coming up on "the war room," the history of the civil rights movement go all the way back to yesterday. activists are pulling out the old been there done that but we'll do it again playbook. we'll talk to one of the participants right this. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> with a distinctly satirical point of view. if you believe in state's rights
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but still believe in the drug war you must be high. >> only on current tv.
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(vo) later tonight current tv is the place for compelling true stories. >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. >> michael: a group of ministers, civil rights activities and students staged a sit in at the north carolina legislature building yesterday. yes, i'm not kidding.
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policies such as rejecting federal funding for unemployment benefits and reducing access to preschool. reverend william barber, ncaa of the north carolina naacp, also spoke out about the state's voter suppression laws. >> they take three hours to take the first shot at reducing voting rights that took some of us more than 200 years to obtain. what do you do? >> michael: barber and the 16 other protesters there yesterday could face charges for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. joining me now from raleigh north carolina, author bob zelner. his memoir" memoir chronicles his years as an activist in the civil rights era.
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he was arrested at the protest yesterday. welcome in "the war room"," bob. >> thank you, michael shure how are you? >> michael: i'm very well, sir. this was not your first rodeo. you were arrested 18 times for civil disobedience, and the oldest arrested yesterday. but for some this was their first time. tell me what the mood was like as you were being taken away by police. >> the young protesters, it was somber and joy solve. somber because it was necessary to engage in civil disobedience to turn back this right-wing thrust that was a small minority in north carolina. but joyful that young people and others still have the get-up and go to go after it and take whatever steps are necessary to make that witness.
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when we've gone through all the steps negotiations, letters discussions, meetings, and they continue to go down a right-wing path you have to take a witness and take a stand. >> michael: you've taken stands for a long time. tell me how it feels this many years on to be doing it again? was this something like when you were doing the work back in the 60s this is not going to ever end, or do you think it's important when these things crop up in little and big ways, you have to be there, as you say, to be a witness to this? >> well, we have a song in the movement that says freedom is a constant struggle, and it is a constant struggle. we thought after the civil rights movement the voter rights' act would never be challenged again, and the all-white ballot box would not be possible. we didn't think that women's rights would be turned back. we didn't think that minorities would be attacked the way they're being openly attacked today. we didn't think that white people, poor and working class
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white people would still be victimized on the alter. this is necessary that a new beginning happen in north carolina that this shift what was previously a progressive southern state. >> michael: you're atypical of what a lot of people think of when they think of a civil rights activist. we talk about the movie "42: the jackie robinson story." you were the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for snuck. your father and grandfather from both clansmen, in fact. how did you come to work for sni snick. >> it was unusual that someone that my father and grandfather
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from in the clan, four people sat down and reason 48 months a million students were mobilized around the country just by seeing other young people take a stand. that's what happened in the movement in the 60s. in my first 36 months of work with snick five of my comrade were murdered. they were lynched by southerners and racists because we wanted to register black people to vote. if you told us 50 years later that we would be fighting the same struggle in the same region of the country again we wouldn't have believed it, but we also wouldn't have believed we would have a black president. we have a crisis both promise and peril. >> michael: you know i want to talk to you about something that you just said. about the things you wouldn't believe. it's depressing on the one sense that you have to do this, and it's still going on, but is there something exciting and reassuring knowing the past,
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knowing how hard you fought that there are people out there who will sit in and do these as you did yesterday. >> it was very exciting. first of all we wouldn't have believed that governor mc mcclury, who has political ambitions, would choose to be the new george wallace. he's chosen to go in a backward direction rather than follow his previous moderation as mayor of charlotte. he has gone in a backward direction, and that is not going to work. it's very exciting that people are willing to come forward. once again you see young people in the spring, if you can't do something as a college student if you you can't take a stand as a young person you never will. this struggle is a constant one. we don't want north carolina to be worse than mississippi and alabama. the voting rights in north
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carolina is more restrictive than alabama and south carolina. people are embarrassed, and they're taking shots at plaque people, women and minorities and lib, but they're also hitting poor working people and poor white southerners many of whom are republicans. we're getting a lot of support in this new movement. >> michael: it's worth pointing out, the mayor of charlotte was named labor secretary. you know, those are a black mayor in the south all these years on going to washington to be in the president's cabinet. you talked about the popularity in north carolina recent poll shows 56% north carolinaens disapprove of the job that they're doing. you have the majority on your side. how has the community responded to your process?
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have they been supportive? >> well, we do have the majority on our side, and what is happening here in north carolina is white people grassroots white people are coming up to reverend barber and said, we didn't understand what the naacp was trying to do here. but now that they've canceled our health insurance they've stopped our unemployment benefits they're weakening the economy of the whole state, we see what you've been talking about, and we need as white working people and poor people, we neat to get together with you and work with you and the young people. that's exactly what is happening. we'll go into a lot of counties where the republican people were elected with slim majorities, and we're going to turn this around. >> michael: that's exciting to hear. bob zellner is the personification of the march going on. we appreciate you coming on the program tonight. we'll have more on "the war
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room" right after this. so please stick around. coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking?
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>> michael: let's check out what is happening on "the young turks." host cenk uygur joins us. today aid turkish cab driver, and he hadn't heard from you, so i didn't give him a tip. >> cenk: that serves him right that's crazy. but he's checking out "the war room" every night. >> michael: that's what he said so i had to give him a tip. what do you have tonight? >> cenk: syria, are we going in? gitmo, are we closing it? koch brothers, are they buying the l.a. times? whew, i know buying "the l.a. times" would be a disaster if they do that. the rest is a question. that's what we are going to talk about on "the young turks"." >> michael: he'll be answered only the way that cenk can answer them. it's finally out. statistics from the association
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of plastic surgeons. in a statement that said the trend was heavily influenced by the toned arms of female celebrities. the phenomenon of michelle obama arms for the spike of surgeries. moving on from buff arms to firearms, when it comes to approval ratings jeff flake acknowledged a new poll from public policy polling which found he had a dismal 34% approval rating. he wrote nothing like waking up to a poll saying you're the nation's least popular senator given the politics dim view in general that probably puts me
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somewhere below pond scum. well said senator flake although some may think that pond scum my it's a future source of energy. it may serve a purpose. i can't say the same for you l make. and mark sanford is the latest to fall. this billboard advices us to next time use ashley madison.com to find your running mate. other running mates, mitt romney and no surprise at all, former new york representative anthony wiener. today's presidential news conference left our brett erlich with more questions than answers. the only problem is some questions have no answers. so everybody just calm down because it's only brett talking. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> so i know a lot of things, but occasionally something will come across the news that leaves me just baffled.
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so ned instead of pretending to know the answers, i have a few quick questions. first at obama's press conference, what's with all the photos. >> thank you appreciate it. >> quick question, what has ever happened at one of these things, i mean aside from the famous reagan snip slip of 1987. you can't unsee that one. next did you see michelle bachmann try to quote shakespeare. >> it remains me of the shakespeare line. thou protestest too much. if you think its hamlet, the lady flunks her test. you should butcher shakespeare way more often. when gays asked for more, homeo
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homeo, where art thou homeo. >> imagine mr. speaker a world without balloons. how can we make sure that the injustice of there being no helium for comedians to get that high pitched voice that we all hold near and dear to our hertz. >> quick question, what? >> michael: you know, we say there is someone always in our war room, but we're going to be minus person, our own laurel will be leaving "the war room." she has been here from the very beginning, and we wish her only the best in her next endeavor. have a great night everyone. we'll see you tomorrow. that viewers like about the young turks is that we're
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honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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♪ theme ♪ cenk: welcome to "the young turks." elizabeth colbert busch kicking ass in south carolina. the koch brothers might be buying newspapers which would